World Golf Championships

Thomas takes 2-shot lead over Matsuyama in Kapalua

Justin Thomas, who as a skinny kid in Kentucky had to hit driver to reach a par 3 in junior golf, stood on the 14th tee at Kapalua trying to decide if 3-wood would be enough to drive the green on a par that was playing 287 yards up the hill.

His caddie thought driver was the club, and Thomas took it from there.

"It needs to be something hot to run up there," he said. "And I just nuked it, and hit it low and just enough to scoot up the ridge."

The ball bounded onto the green to 20 feet, and Thomas made that for eagle . It was enough for him to take control Saturday at the SBS Tournament of Champions, ultimately leading to a third straight round of...